A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

September 11, 2020

The grass is always greener – or is it the water is always cleaner?

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This week saw a sudden change in temperature at the farm – from Summer to Winter overnight! One day it was in the high-90s, the next day temperatures were in the mid-30s and with the strong winds it felt like it was in the 20’s – brr!  We also got a little rain, for which we are always grateful, and that set my mind thinking about water.

When we first purchased alpacas, I remember reading about how alpacas and llamas love fresh water and how important it was to ensure they always had a clean, fresh supply of water.

Over the years we have had various water tubs and buckets, along with a few automatic waterers which are great at providing fresh clean water. The automatic waterers require a much more complicated installation than a bucket and come at a higher price than a bucket, but they really do a good job.

We have spent many hours keeping water buckets clean, scrubbing off algae and removing sand that has been added to the water by water loving alpacas sticking their feet in water buckets, as several of ours like to do.

Many alpacas have a love or water. In the hot months they love to stand in it, they beg to be hosed down on their legs and bellies for a cooling “shower” and they also love to drink it. But somewhere along the line the alpacas didn’t read the alpaca manual about fresh, clean water. Over the 21 years I have had alpacas and have observed alpacas I have learned something – alpacas like tasty water and sometimes that means it’s not clean!

When we have a heavy rainfall at the farm, we often get large pools of water forming. I can guarantee that when that happens, the alpacas will choose to drink from those pools of not such clean looking water rather that drinking from the clean bucket of water that has been set out for them. They will stand with their feet in the pooled water and take long drinks. It’s fun to watch the water travel down those long necks as the alpacas swallow. Sometimes in the summer the pools of water even have tadpoles that have hatched in the water, or toads hopping about the edge of the water, or water bugs or mosquito larvae but the alpacas love that water over the water in the water buckets.

There is more to the alpaca/water relationship than taste though. Like humans, some like their water one way, others like it a different way. Cinnamon and Geraint love to drink the water as it is coming out of the faucet before it hits the tub. When I take a bucket of water over for the chickens Black Prince, Choco and Espresso will meet me the door to the chicken coop and will beg to drink that water from that bucket, even though it is from the very same faucet that the water in their own water bucket came from! Coraline loves to stand in the water, mainly in the spring and summer but sometimes even on cool winter days. Black Prince likes to drink the water as soon as it has hit the bucket, pushing the hose out of the way with his nose so he can do so. When we have a sick alpaca, we might have him or her isolated in a pen so that we can monitor food and water intake. Over the years we have learned that we need to ensure that other alpacas can’t reach the water in the sick alpaca’s pen, as when alpacas see another bucket of water it instantly becomes attractive to them. In alpaca land while the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, it seems as if the water is cleaner (or tastier) on the other side of the fence too!
While I can provide fresh water every day, I cannot stop the alpacas from quenching their thirst from a puddle, no matter how murky that puddle appears to be. They have the choice between that puddle and clean water and somehow I don’t think my chasing them away form that puddle will stop them from drinking it, after all they know I have other things to do and eventually I wont be there to watch them. 

It’s fun to watch the different alpaca personalities with their different preferences for water. At the end of the day if they are drinking water, and the water they are drinking is safe, then I am happy to let them drink the water of their choice.  As Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “A man of wisdom delights in water.”  Apparently, our beautiful alpacas delight in water too!

Read more Stories from the Farm at https://www.windrushalpacas.com/s/stories

March 9, 2020

C’mon Out to Open Farm Day this Saturday

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Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas 03/14/2020 10 am to 2 pm

March 2, 2020

There’s a Hint of Spring at Windrush Alpacas!

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Alpacas at Windrush Alpacas

Spring is just around the corner, and our alpacas are certainly excited about the warmer temps and hints of grass that will begin to sprout up in the next few weeks. How about you? Is it time to come outdoors and spend some time with the alpacas?

Shake off those winter blues and join us for our next Open Farm Day on Saturday, March 14, 2020 to learn about alpacas, see their full winter coats (shearing will take place in April and May) and take a tour of our farm. Visit us anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

On an Open Farm Day tour you will get to personally meet our owners and many of our alpacas. You will learn a bit about each one. (They all have different personalities, you know!) We will explain how we care for them and how their soft fleece is turned into the beautiful yarns, garments and toys that are sold in our Farm Store.

Our Farm Store will be open for your shopping pleasure during Open Farm Day! 

After spending time with our friendly animals, you might even Adopt-a-Paca! No need to take it home, we’ll care for your special friend! We’ll tell you all about our program when you visit!

Bring your family, your friends, your co-workers and anyone who needs to get outside in the sunshine and join us for this informative and fun day! And don’t forget your camera! Our alpacas love to take selfies with you!

We have ample free parking, it’s free admission for everyone, and we even offer hot and cold refreshments to our visitors. Windrush Alpacas farm is located us 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas. For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca

February 3, 2020

Spend Your Saturday with Alpacas!

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January 27, 2020

Warm Up Your Heart with a Visit to Windrush Alpacas

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Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas

Winter getting to you? Warm up your heart and hands visiting with our herd of friendly alpacas at Open Farm Day! Visit on Saturday, February 8 between 10 am and 3 pm.

During your visit to our farm, we will tell you about our alpacas (and their names!), tour you around the farm and explain to you all you want to know about raising alpacas.

Don’t let cold keep you away! Our toasty, heated Farm Store will be open for you to warm up in and to see (and buy!) all the different socks, scarves, hats and other products made from alpaca fleece. And if we must, we’ll even bring an alpaca inside! You’ll get hot chocolate – the alpaca will get your attention!

Get out of the house and do something different!  If you’ve been here before, come again! There is always something interesting to learn and see at Windrush Alpacas. Stop by anytime on Saturday, February 8 between 10 am and 3 pm!  Make sure your phone or camera are with you too! Our alpacas love for you to take their picture.

Windrush Alpacas farm is located just 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas.

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca .

January 6, 2020

First Open Farm Day of 2020 is this Saturday!

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Open Farm Day at windrush Alpacas January 11, 2020

December 9, 2019

Holiday Open Farm Day this Saturday!

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Celebrate the Season at Windrush Alpacas Open Farm Day Saturday December 14, 2019.

October 7, 2019

October Open Farm Day is This Saturday!

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June 10, 2019

Learn to Spin Using a Drop Spindle

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Drop Spindle class

Have you always wanted to learn how to spin?

Are you looking for a cost-effective way to ease into spinning without the expense of a wheel?

Do you have a spinning wheel but struggle with drafting your roving?

Then this class is for you!

On June 15 at 10 am Windrush Alpacas is hosting a class so you can learn how to use a drop spindle to make your own yarn.

Shannon McKerlie will be your instructor and will guide you through the steps to get you spinning. A drop spindle is small, but you will be amazed at what you can spin on one.

Shannon spins beautiful yarns on her drop spindle and is a clear and patient instructor.

During the class, you will be able to see the beautiful Windrush alpacas who will be providing your roving.

Tickets are $15 and include instruction, 2 ounces of alpaca roving to spin, and a drop spindle to take home. Class is expected to last for approximately one hour.

Purchase tickets at https://tinyurl.com/yxuqkslc

Windrush Alpacas is located at 770 Curry Road M, Clovis, NM 88101  (1 1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM)

For more information, email Shannon at smckerlie@gmail.com. We’ll see you there!

June 3, 2019

Don’t Miss the Last Open Farm Day!

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June 8 Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas

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